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Namaste to all the beautiful people. Thank you for all your love and continuous support to preserve Nepalese and Tibetan handicraft. We have listed some of the top Frequently Asked Questions from our customer. I hope these information i have listed out as below would help to get your answers or email us at info@luckythanka.com for any questions or queries. 

How do I play the singing bowl?

 Generally, singing bowl is played with mallet, sticks either of wooden or leather. The size of the mallet should be chosen according to the size of the bowl to play better. Bowls can be played either on your palm or resting the bowl on cushion.

When I play a singing bowl, I rest it on my palm and slowly I move a leather stick on a rim of a bowl, to get a good sound and vibration from a bowl. Usually the small singing bowl is suitable for hand, heavy singing bowl is difficult to hold and play. We can play a singing bowl by placing them in cushion. Cushion helps the singing bowl from sliding around, prevents from damage.                         

How do I clean my singing bowl?

Singing bowl should be kept in proper way so that it can be prevented from breakage, dust.

Singing bowl should be kept away from a hazardous chemical such as bleach, soda, any acidic and concentrated.

The first method of cleaning a singing bowl is to wipe a bowl with a soft cloth to remove a dust. A wet paper or a cloth can be used to remove the finger prints on a singing bowl.

We can dip a singing bowl in hot or warm with some detergent or freshly squeezed lime juice and leave it for overnight and then in next morning we can rinse it. We should keep a singing bowl dry.

Where are your singing bowls made from?

A singing bowl is made with the composition of seven elements viz. copper, tin, zinc, iron, gold and silver.

Every singing bowl have different proportion of element so that it can give different sound and vibration.

What comes in a singing bowl set?

1x Singing Bowl of your choice

1x Silk Cushion

1x Wooden Mallet (Depending upon the bowl size)

What are Singing Bowl used for?

Singing bowl has many amazing healing and transformative properties. Once you start to practice it on regular basis , you will likely to find the benefit increases. The singing bowl are mostly use for there benefits. It is use for deep relaxation and to release tension through its wonderful tone.It is use to clear mind and release any stress or anxietyIt is use to balance the chakras in our body. The frequency of singing bowl travels from chakras to chakras and release any blocked chakras .The sound frequency created from singing bowl helps to stimulate the immune system It is use for meditation as the bowl it switches our brain to theta brainwave frequencies resulting to clarity of mind and intuition. It helps to improve your circulation and blood flow.

What makes Thanka or Thangka so special ?

One of the very important thing everyone should understnad is that thangka or thanka is a painting painted on a cotton canvas which is in a scroll form. It is not a print. The main factor for Thanka or Thangka is; it is very delicate process. Thankas or Thangkas are painted by the master artisan who requires high skill, wide knowledge about different rituals and historical background of Buddhist culture, besides it requires high concentration and time. The colors used in Thankas or Thangkas or Tibetan Paintings are original colors like; gold powder, flower dusts, wood dust, etc. And the most important factor is Thanka or Thangka or Tibetan Painting is an excellent piece of art, every body of us will be admired by the beauty of the Thangka/Thanka or Tibetan Painting.

What determines thangka pricing?

Actually thanka or thangka depend on the quality and the artist who makes the thanka or thangka . Thanka or Thangka can be found in any quality; very poor to very high quality. High quality Thangkas/Thanka are more expensive than the lower quality Thanka or Thangka though the size is same because of the various factors. In high quality Thankas or Thangkas the artist who make the Thangka/Thanka is the prime factor and the color combination of the paintings also matters a lot. We use original colors like; gold powder, flower dust, wood dust, etc. Since our artisans are in this business for generations and the colors use in our Thangka/Thanka will be original colors our Thankas or Thangkas are rest of all Thankas or Thangkas you find else where. Hence, the thangka size does not determines the price of a thangka. Sometimes the smaller the thangka the price can be higher if the details in the painting is very well painted.

Where do these paintings come from and who paints them?

All our thangka paintings are made in Nepal. We have thangka factory where we have made more than 100 feet long thangka for Monastery Temple world wide. The thangka or thanka is painted by different level artist from student level to high skilled artist who has been painting for more than 50 years. 

Can i add a Custom Silk brocade for any thangka i want?

If you would like a silk border you will need to tell us how you would like it to be created. We build them from the outside in, so first tell us what color you would like the outer frame to be, second the inner frame, third the innermost frame and then the curtain and ribbons. We will create a silk border that will look nice with your particular thangka, as well as keep the traditional look of the thangka intact. Remember, we will send you a picture prior to shipping. The silk borders make your thangka more affordable than a glass frame and give you a lovely, traditional look. You will have to contact us at info@luckythanka.com before or as soon as placing the order. Sorry, we don't offer framing in thangka and you would have to frame it yourself after receiving it. 

What care should be considered for the maintenance of the thangka?

Thangkas are created from many materials, such as cotton, silk, animal glues, hand sewn thread, and mineral pigments. These materials respond differently to changes in temperature and humidity, and to rolling and folding. Over time, all of these factors affect the stability of a thangka painting. For example, a thangka that is not on display is usually kept rolled and stored in a niche or storage box with other paintings. Pressure from its own weight and the weight of the other paintings causes cracking of the ground and paint layers. Rolling and unrolling worsen the damage and eventually result in complete separation and flaking of the paint.Thangkas that do not have borders may also be folded, resulting in vertical and horizontal cracking, as well as loss of pigment and ground. 

Another important factor when storing or handling a thangka is that it should not be placed where the place is moist or danger of touching with water. Also, be careful that it does not get in contact with fire as thangka is painted on cotton canvas.

Never fold a thangka as it can only be rolled if the thangka has not been framed. Folding of a thangka will damage the painting.

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